The legal and ethical framework governing Body Donation in Europe - 1st update on current practice

Riederer B. M., Bolt S., Brenner E., Bueno-López J. L., Circulescu A., Davies D., ...More

European Journal of Anatomy, vol.16, no.1, pp.1-21, 2012 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: European Journal of Anatomy
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-21
  • Keywords: Body donation, European Community, Legal and ethical aspects
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Previously, we have reported on the legal and ethical aspects and current practice of body donation in several European countries, reflecting cultural and religious variations as well as different legal and constitutional frameworks. We have also established good practice in body donation. Here we shall further extend the legal and ethical frameworks in place and also focus on novelties in the law and different directives. Of particular interest are points that address the commercialization of human bodies and body parts and weaknesses in the legal directives. Therefore, it is important to define what is ethical and what needs to be considered unethical in body donation and the subsequent utilisation of human bodies for teaching and research.